Does it really matter how many people were at that gun range?
to see people walking around with guns at a gun range. You expect
to hear gunshots so nothing out of the ordinary to react to. And per the following linked article it was at close range so likely nothing to react to. edited to add...nothing like one of the victims running or a fight etc.
Yes, it would be interesting to know how many people were there at the time....but short of a loud argument between the men or some actions to give an indication that this would turn deadly, I don't think you can prevent or anticipate a shooting anymore or react to it any differently just because people are armed there. Or catch the shooter any sooner.
It's not expected that someone would do something like this at a shooting range anymore than anywhere else. Plus you do wear ear plugs or ear muffs etc to protect your hearing too...so that would also keep people from reacting as quickly as you would think. (plus I'm not sure how that gun range is laid out because some do have a separation/barrier where you can't see the others beside you... in other words not open view at all)
The man accused of gunning down former U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, a prominent military sniper, and a second man at a Texas shooting range has been arraigned on two counts of capital murder, the Texas Department of Public Safety said on Sunday.
Eddie Ray Routh, 25, was accused of killing Kyle, 38, and Chad Littlefield, 35, a neighbor of Kyle, on Saturday afternoon at the Rough Creek Lodge, about 50 miles southwest of Fort Worth, the department said.
"They were shot at close range," said department spokesman Sergeant Lonny Haschel said.
Kyle, considered one of America's deadliest snipers after killing 160 people during his career as U.S. Navy SEAL sniper, wrote the book "American Sniper" about his military service from 1999 to 2009.
Routh, described in local media reports as a former Marine who suffered from post traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), was arrested at his Lancaster, Texas home several hours after the shooting, having led police on a chase in his pickup truck.
"He was taken into custody after a brief pursuit," Haschel said.
According to a posting on a website run by members of the Special Operations Forces community, Kyle had been volunteering his time to help Marine Corps veterans suffering from PTSD and mentoring them.
"Part of this process involved taking these veterans to the range," said the posting on SOFREP.com.
WFAA-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth reported that the two men had taken Routh to the shooting range for the day to help him deal with his PTSD.
I don't know how well the victims knew this man or if they got along or what other help if any he was getting for his PSTD. But this was not some random shooter incident in a place that you don't expect to see guns or hear gunshots, in fact was a place where that was the norm and not something that would send others into a defensive posture or in pursuit because of gunshots.
Edited by Tricia, 03 February 2013 - 03:55 PM.
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